Diamond in the Rough: Jahiem White

Jahiem White is class of 2023 running back out of William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania. He is 5’9 and weighs about 195 lbs. Jahiem is a complete back who excels in both the rushing and passing game. He has great vision and elite elusiveness. His one cut ability when he hits the secondary is dangerous. Every time he touches the ball, he has an opportunity to score. He hits the hole with explosiveness and doesn’t shy away from contact as he fights for every single yard. As a blocker, he has good techniques and good hand placement. Jahiem also has great footwork and excels at keeping his balance when running along the sideline. When he hits the second level, he has tremendous acceleration which allows him to make a big play on any given run. Jahiem’s bench press is 285 lbs and squat is 325 lbs. He has a 3.5 GPA and is currently committed to West Virginia University. 

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1. When did you start playing football?

When I was 5. My godfather Cedric coached pee wee ball in Florida and he put me on his team. 

2. What would you say is your best aspect as a player?

My ability to see the field and find the holes and make the cuts.  

3. Did you have any personal goals for this season and if so, what were they?

To break the school rushing record, which I did. To go as far into districts as we can as a team. 

4. What motivates you?

Football. I love the game. It’s my “church” time. When I step on the field the noise in my head goes away and I can just play. I’m free. 

5. Are there any current NFL or college players that you study their film or model your game after?

I love Marshawn Lynch, Barry Sanders and. Barkley, D’andre Smith. All the great RB’s. 

6. Could you describe a time where you might have experienced some type of adversity? 

I tore my Meniscus in my knee  last season during the Wilson game. Had surgery on December 23, and worked hard to get back in time for the spring season.

7. Football aside, who is your biggest role model/someone you look up to?

My godfather Cedric Brown. He started me out in the game and has always kept me on the right path. I wouldn’t be where I am if he hadn’t put me in pads.

8. What have you learned about yourself playing football?

That size doesn’t matter. Good is good. So many people told me I was too small to play Power 5 ball. Size doesn’t matter. It’s your will that matters.

9. What separates you from the thousands of other recruits trying to play college football?

Football is not just a sport to me. It’s a place that allows me to be who I am. I have faced a lot of challenges in my life and I had to fight to get here. I know I can get even better and I look forward to hitting my potential.

10. What type of guy are you in the locker room?

I try to be a role model for the younger players. Coach calls me the team “thermostat”. My effort dictates the effort that the team produces. If I am “on” and pushing the team we have a great practice.

11. What is something that your teachers would say about you?

Well, my 6th grade teacher became my godmother. So, she would tell you that I’m high energy and I need to be moving. She has always said that “I shine differently” on the field. She helped me get to where I am.

12. Lastly, is there anything that you want people to know about you?

That I am committed to being the best player I can be. I want to show other city kids that no matter what people tell you, live your dream. You can be anything you want. You just have to work hard. It doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you finish.